In Fall 2018, NYU established a new, cross-University Urban Doctoral Fellowship Program. This competitive fellowship program is open to current and prospective doctoral-level students from across the University.

Please welcome our 2019 class of accomplished students, who were selected for their demonstrated interest in urban research and represent schools and departments from across the University.

  • Folarin Ajibade (current student), African History
  • Malcolm Araos (current student), Sociology
  • Alex Cobb Boodrookas (current student), History, Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies
  • Diego Correa (current student), Tandon, Civil and Urban Engineering
  • Sabrina Dycus (current student), Silver
  • Kate Hausdorff (prospective student), Wagner
  • Katherine Hoffmann (current student), Stern, Information Systems
  • Anisa Jackson (prospective student), Social & Cultural Analysis
  • Don Jayamaha (current student), Economics
  • Noor Maria Jones-Bey (current student), Steinhardt, Urban Education
  • Zhenhuan (Reed) Lei (current student), Politics
  • Aanchal Modani (prospective student), Silver


  • The fellows receive up to $3,000 in research funds (not a salary stipend), which may be used for attending conferences or other activities to further their research at some point during their studies.
  • The fellows are invited to participate in a new, cross-NYU Urban Research Seminar that will host leading scholars from a variety of disciplines who are researching urban issues.
  • The fellows are invited to join networking lunches or dinners following the seminars. 
  • The fellows are required to formally register for and attend the Seminar (ideally in their second or third year). The fellows will also have the opportunity to present and receive feedback on their own work from NYU faculty and their peer fellows.
  • Up to 12 fellows will be selected from prospective and continuing doctoral students for Fall 2019.


This competitive Fellowship Program is open to current and prospective doctoral students focused on urban research. Prospective PhD students must be nominated by the Director of Graduate Studies of their respective departments/schools. Current PhD students whose research interests focus on cities and urban issues may apply directly.

Selection Criteria

The key selection criteria for fellows are:

  1. Scholarly promise
  2. Urban focus
  3. Contribution to a cohort’s diversity (including methodological, demographic, disciplinary, and departmental)

How to Apply

The 2019-2020 application cycle is now closed. Applications for 2020-2021 will re-open in September 2019.

Selection Committee

The 2019 Urban Doctoral Selection Committee includes:

  • Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Associate Professor, NYU Gallatin and NYU Department of Sociology (Chair)
  • Thomas Sugrue, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History, NYU College of Arts & Science
  • Kimberley Johnson, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU College of Arts & Science
  • Daniel Neill, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Public Service, Associate Professor of Urban Analytics, Courant Institute, NYU Wagner and CUSP
  • Joel Steckel, Vice Dean for Doctoral Education and Professor of Marketing, NYU Stern